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Meetings to save wind farm must take place in Denmark

An emergency meeting was held at Argyll and Bute Council's headquarters in Lochgilphead yesterday to discuss Friday's shock announcement that the Vestas wind-turbine factory at Machrihanish, near Campbeltown, is to close its manufacturing plant in Kintyre with the loss of 92 jobs. ...A council statement said no representative from Vestas attended the meeting, insisting that any talks had to take place at the company's head office in Denmark.

The Danish operators of a closure-threatened wind-turbine factory have said they will not meet local representatives unless they are willing to travel to Denmark.

An emergency meeting was held at Argyll and Bute Council's headquarters in Lochgilphead yesterday to discuss Friday's shock announcement that the Vestas wind-turbine factory at Machrihanish, near Campbeltown, is to close its manufacturing plant in Kintyre with the loss of 92 jobs.

Council officials met representatives from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid to discuss ways to try and save the factory.

Council leader Dick Walsh said: "We need to work together to try and secure a future in Kintyre for the staff who are being made redundant. I believe many of the workforce have been offered jobs elsewhere, but we must do everything in our power to try and ensure that this skilled, loyal workforce is retained locally.

"The wage bill alone for Vestas is said to be around 2.5m - that is a huge loss to the local economy."

A council statement said no representative from Vestas attended the meeting, insisting that any talks had to take place at the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Danish operators of a closure-threatened wind-turbine factory have said they will not meet local representatives unless they are willing to travel to Denmark.

An emergency meeting was held at Argyll and Bute Council's headquarters in Lochgilphead yesterday to discuss Friday's shock announcement that the Vestas wind-turbine factory at Machrihanish, near Campbeltown, is to close its manufacturing plant in Kintyre with the loss of 92 jobs.

Council officials met representatives from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid to discuss ways to try and save the factory.

Council leader Dick Walsh said: "We need to work together to try and secure a future in Kintyre for the staff who are being made redundant. I believe many of the workforce have been offered jobs elsewhere, but we must do everything in our power to try and ensure that this skilled, loyal workforce is retained locally.

"The wage bill alone for Vestas is said to be around £2.5m - that is a huge loss to the local economy."

A council statement said no representative from Vestas attended the meeting, insisting that any talks had to take place at the company's head office in Denmark.

As a result, it was agreed that the group which met yesterday will write to the Scottish Government urging a delegation to arrange a meeting with the chief executive of Vestas as soon as possible.

A further meeting will take place in Campbeltown on Friday with Argyll and Bute MSP and Energy Minister Jim Mather.

 


Source: http://www.theherald.co.uk/...

AUG 19 2008
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